Rethinking Microsoft's Anti-Competitive Moves

from the maybe-they-really-were-accidental dept

Here’s a column suggesting that a bunch of Microsoft’s moves that have appeared to be blatantly anti-competitive actually make perfect sense from inside Microsoft as legitimate moves that aren’t designed to cut the competition out of the market entirely. He makes some good points, but if the end result is that it still blocks a smaller competitor out of the marketplace, then people have a right to complain. The fact is that each of Microsoft’s moves have a huge impact on many companies, and ignoring what that impact is can be damaging. If these decisions really were made without thinking through the competitive results, then people within Microsoft need better strategic planners. Most of them had obvious downsides that even people within Microsoft should have noticed.

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